Narayana Das was a scholar who had mastery over four classical
languages (Sanskrit, Telugu, Arabic and Persian) and who translated from
Persian and English into Sanskrit and Telugu; the only litterateur who
wrote a comparative treatise on the works of Kalidas and Shakespeare;
the only writer-composer who translated into Telugu and set to music Rigveda hymns and the only writer-composer who composed a geeta-malika
comprising 90 Carnatic ragas. As a writer-composer who composed music in
all the 72 Carnatic ragas he was next only to Tyagaraja.
He had mastery over several Indian and classical languages like
Telugu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, English, Arabic and
Persian. He was also a performer of Ashtavadhanam. He has written over a hundred books in Telugu, Sanskrit and Acha Telugu or Telugu unmixed of Sanskrit. His works ranged from children’s literature to philosophical treatises.
He wrote Kasi Satakam after visiting Kasi in 1914 with family and wrote Kasi Satakam in Sanskrit describing the tirdhayatra to Varanasi. Listening to Kasi satakam bestows Peace and Bliss with an experience of visiting Varanasi.